Best of The Gazette, June 23: Addiction, baseball and a mosquito invasion
The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:
More than three years ago, Maria Gorces was addicted to drugs and looking for a way out. Today, she's sober. Driven by news about drug-related deaths in Rock County, she shared her story of recovery with The Gazette's Anna Marie Lux. “God or the universe or my higher power gave me a chance,” Maria recalls. “Either you go or you don't. I came to a treatment center, and it saved my life.”
Mosquitoes suck in more ways than one. But the storms that hit Rock County last week might cause an infestation of Wisconsin's most annoying pest. “Whenever we get more rainfall, that's an opportunity for mosquitoes to lay eggs,” said Patrick Liesch, assistant researcher for the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab. “It wouldn't surprise me if in a week and a half to two weeks we start seeing a lot of mosquitoes.”
Wisconsin is a golf-crazy state, once known for its annual PGA Tour stop in Milwaukee but now more well known as a destination for championship golf. That's the opinion of two of the men organizing the 2017 U.S. Open that will be played at Erin Hills outside of Milwaukee. “Things are getting better and better for golf in the state of Wisconsin, and that's very exciting,” said Jim Reinhart, general chairman of Erin Hills and president of the Wisconsin State Golf Association.
Connor Felstead has had a whirlwind June, and it's about to get even busier. Felstead opened a new business with five friends. He graduated from Milton High. He signed a letter of intent to attend Northern Michigan. And last week, he left for Kazan, Russia, to compete in the Junior World Championships weightlifting tournament. “It's going to be fun,” Felstead said of his first international competition on foreign soil.
The Janesville Parker baseball team had success and elation this season, but it had heartbreak, as well, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. In the end, the Vikings' exciting run toward a state title game fell just short. Yet coaches, players and fans have every reason to be proud and excited about Parker baseball.
Two waves of change are rolling across America and making news. One is same-sex marriage. The other is legalization of marijuana. Societal changes of this magnitude put pressure on news organizations such as The Gazette, which must balance objectivity against what's right, Editor Scott Angus writes. Here's a look at the decisions behind The Gazette's recent coverage of these issues.
Eleven days, 11 stages and more than 800 acts and 1,000 performances. Welcome to Summerfest 2014, the world's largest musical festival. Reporter Jake Magee offers readers a preview of what's to come and some tips for a guaranteed good time.
Tip Top Tavern is no longer just a Madison corner bar. A remodeling project has transformed it into a trendy gastropub, and it's attracting diners from all over. Part of its success is due to an amped-up menu devised by owner Benjamin Altschul, writes restaurant reviewer Bill Livick.
There are so many beautiful flowers, plants, shrubs and trees a gardener can choose from, more than could ever be grown in a lifetime. That's why the idea of plants such as dwarf sunflowers vexes garden blogger Janice Peterson. Sunflowers should be sky high, she says. Read on for more botanical oddities.
The focus of Wisconsin's same-sex marriage court fight is on the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Community blogger John W. Esyer is among those who are convinced that it embraces same-sex marriage. To support his argument, he takes readers through a step-by-step reading of the words at issue.
Community blogger Glen Loyd visits Decorah, Iowa, where the Raptor Resource Project has been keeping an eye on a family of eagles since late winter. Watch three young birds transform from eggs to growing predators in this video.
About a dozen students at the Edgerton Alternative School plan to harvest 2,000 pounds of produce for the local food pantry starting this summer. They hope the community-driven effort will help people in Edgerton who otherwise might not have access to healthy, fresh food. Here's a look at the fruits of the labor so far.